Georgia joins other states in outlawing 'fake weed'

By: Ashley Jeffery Email
By: Ashley Jeffery Email

News 12 @ 6 o'clock, May 25, 2010

AUGUSTA --- Fake weed, or "spice", is sold legally in many parts of the country, giving people a legal high. It's marketed as incense in smoke shops in Georgia and South Carolina. But in the Peach State, these products are now illegal.

"People will seek pleasure wherever they can find it," said Dr. John Huffman. Dr. Huffman invented the compound used in spice. He says his compound was never meant for the human body. "It was made to explore the effects of chemical structures on biological activity, period."

He only wanted to test its reaction in mice and in cells. He says one reason people use the compound is to get high, take a drug test and still get or keep a job.

"The metabolites aren't known, and that's what you test for. With THC (in marijuana), there is an oxidation product that sticks around in your fatty tissue and urine and will show up, up to a week later. JWH-018, we don't know what the metabolites are," said Dr. Huffman.

The owner of "Tie Dye Rosies" says as soon at they heard the product was illegal in Georgia, they started taking the steps to get spice off their shelves. But Dr. Huffman says that may not stop users who really want to light up.

"For a chemist, it's easy to make," he said. "It's not like crystal meth that you can make in your kitchen and blow up your house."

And while it may be easy to make, the challenge will now be to find it in Georgia stores now that this once legal high has gone up in smoke.

South Carolina still has no legislation to do away with synthetic marijuana. Georgia joins almost a dozen states who've already banned the product or who are looking into doing away with the product.

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  • by Al Location: Savannah on Apr 3, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    Overcrowded jail cells, overworked police and judicial systems coupled with only anecdotal evidence that this stuff is harmful equals an illogical decision. This will be another way too introduce our youth to the criminal justice system. Why does the government feel the need to protect us from ourselves?
  • by david Location: chatsworth on Apr 2, 2012 at 07:37 PM
    i thinkit is very stupid to outlaw it some people must have allergice reactions cause i smoke almost 200 dollars worth a week thats atleast 80grams and i have never once got sick or felt like dieng your kids which is im a kid im 17 and its never hurt me
  • by john doe on Mar 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
    I have smoked "spice" for the past two years and I have to say I'm so glad they have banned I can finally kick the habbit they should have just legalized pot and I wouldn't be so sickly I smoked pot for over 15 years and felt great but this stuff is worse than crack I should know any ways thank you ga
  • by a Location: ga on Jul 14, 2010 at 08:25 AM
    government is mad because they CANT tax so thats why its illegal. they havent found a legit way. to the gov. - MIND YOUR OWN **** BUSINESS!!!!
  • by carrie Location: georgia on Jun 14, 2010 at 02:23 PM
    What this report does not cover is whether the law was passed to just sell the "fake pot" or is it illegal to possess the product in GA? Being near a state where a person can still purchase such items makes it easy for purchase however is it illegal to possess in the state where it's illegal to sell?
  • by john Location: n. augusta on May 26, 2010 at 01:05 PM
    marijuana should be taxed and legal for all over the age of 21. it is stupid for adults to have to resort to "fake pot". everyone should be questioning the gustapo over this infringement.
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